Eagles Continue Play Over Fall Break: Recaps

Women’s Tennis

Emory junior Beatrice Rosen, sophomore Katarina Su and freshman Anna Fuhr competed in the USTA/ ITA Small College Nationals, held in Sumter, S.C. last week. Rosen finished finished third in the singles draw and the pair of Su and Fuhr finished sixth in the doubles draw.

Rosen battled back from behind on Thursday to defeat sophomore Rebecca Ho of Washington University in St. Louis, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1. The same day, Su and Fuhr defeated the pair of Bowdoin College (Maine) players senior Emma Chow and freshman Tess Trinka in the first set, 6-2, but fell in the next two, 6-4 and 10-7. Su and Fuhr continued on to out-play University of Wisconsin—Whitewater’s freshmen Bridgid McGuire and Alicia Beck, 6-1 and 6-3, advancing them to the fifth-place match against freshman Marie Lutz and sophomore Liza Southwick of Trinity University (Texas).

On Friday, Rosen fell to sophomore Ashnaa Rao of Johns Hopkins University (Md.), 6-4, 6-2, in the semifinals draw. Meanwhile, Su and Fuhr were knocked down to sixth-place overall in the third set of their match against Lutz and Southwick, with a score of 11-9. Rosen advanced to the third-place match against freshman Kate Christensen of Vassar College (N.Y.).

Saturday, the fourth seeded Rosen dominated Christensen in two sets, with scores of 6-2 and 6-3, improving her record to 8-2 in singles play this season.

The Eagles return to action on Friday, Oct. 17 at Georgia Gwinnett College’s Grizzly Open.

Swimming and Diving

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their season with an annual Blue-Gold intrasquad meet last Friday. While this meet does not count towards the Eagles’ ranking for NCAA qualification, it serves as an optimistic sample of what is to come in the 2014-2015 season.

Junior Andrew Wilson secured what would-be Nationals “B” cut times for the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. Likewise, freshman Ming Ong proved herself early, swimming “B” time 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual races. Junior Ellie Thompson did the same in the 200-yard backstroke, as did sophomore Claire Liu in the 100-yard backstroke and McKenna Newsum-Schoenberg in the 200-yard fly.

The Blue and the Gold team, both of which are broken into as freshman to compete in various team-bonding contests, each performed well. The women’s gold team defeated the blue team 158.5-134.5 and the two men’s teams tied, with a perfect 130-130.

The Eagles will begin the regular season next Saturday, Oct. 18, when they host the University of North Carolina-Wilmington for the team’s family weekend.

Volleyball

The No. 3-ranked Emory Eagles defeated Lee University (Tenn.) 3-1 (25-27, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23) at the Walker Arena in Cleveland, Tenn. this past Wednesday.

The Lady Flames would start the match out strong, winning the first set and pleasing their 300-person home crowd. The home-team advantage wouldn’t last long, though, as Emory bounced back quickly, taking the next three sets.

Leah Jacobs secured 11 kills for the Eagles, adding to the 12 each from Kathryn Trinka and Sarah Maher. Sydney Miles played a major part in the Eagles’ offensive dominance, making 39 assists, while Kate Bowman held down the defensive effort with 18 digs.

The Eagles and Lady Flames have now played 33 times, and while Lee has won 18 of those contests, Lee has fallen to Emory in their past two meetings.

The game moved Lee to a 6-9 record for their season so far and propelled Emory to a 22-2 record.

The Eagles were able to rest during fall break, but will return Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.) to play back-to-back against Huntingdon College (Ala.) at 4 p.m. and the home team at 6 p.m. The following weekend, the Eagles will return to University Athletic Association (UAA) conference play in their Round Robin II at the University of Chicago (Ill.).

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team’s 11-game winning streak came to an end with a shutout by the University of Chicago (Ill.) last Saturday.

The Maroons’ offensive dominated the first half of play, outshooting the Eagles 8-4. In the 29th minute, Chicago sophomore forward Brenton Desai headed the ball into the Emory goal off an assist from senior midfielder Michael Choquette.

Although the Eagles’ offense picked up in the second half, outshooting the Maroons 8-6, freshman Chicago goalkeeper Hill Bonin kept his goal safe.

The game improved the Maroons to 7-4-1 overall, 1-1-0 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play, for the season, while dropping the Eagles to 11-1-1 and 1-0-1

The Eagles travel to New York to take on New York University next Friday.

Women’s Soccer

The fifth-ranked women’s soccer team fell to the 14th-ranked University of Chicago (Ill.) 2-1, last Friday at home.

The Maroons took the lead early on, scoring off a free kick that bounced off an Emory defender’s head and into the goal in the 19th minute.

After an hour and 10 minute delay due to nearby lightning in the 37th minute, Chicago returned to the field hot. Within 30 seconds, junior forward Mary Bittner scored her fourth goal of the season off a low pass from junior forward Julia Ozello.

In the 69th minute, senior forward Karina Rodriguez scored off a corner kick from senior forward Charlotte Butker, who has the second most assists in the program’s history, with 26 throughout her career. The Eagles pushed hard in the second half, outshooting the Maroons 10-0 but fell one goal short of tying the game. Chicago senior goalkeeper Mallory Morse played the entire 90 minutes, making six saves.

Chicago is now 10-2-0 overall and 1-1-1 in UAA play for the season, while Emory fell to 7-1-3 and 0-1-1.

The Eagles’s scheduled game against Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.) for Monday, Oct. 1 was moved to Oct. 28, due to expected thunderstorms. The Eagles will play New York University (N.Y.) away on Friday, Oct. 17.

— By Zak Hudak, Sports Editor, and Elana Cates, Contributing Writer

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